Monday, April 30, 2012


This weekend we bought a basketball hoop for Shyanne. It is one that is adjustable from 7'6" to 10'. That way, it should last until she no longer has an interest in basketball. Whenever that is. It could be next week, and it might not be until after college. In any event, I know that at some point in her life, she will no longer be interested in shooting hoops in the driveway with Dad.

That was not the case after the hoop was all put together and ready to go. Shy and I spent some time shooting hoops in the yard yesterday after it was all put together, and she went out with her mother this morning before school and shot some more hoops. If we keep going at this rate, she might actually start making more baskets than she misses.

No one really cares though. It is a fun thing for all of us to do together and shy certainly enjoys it.

Of course you could look at it as another milestone in the growth of a child. There is the new swing set (she has that) there is the scooter and bicycle (she has those) Now there is the basketball hoop. Of course she can't ride her bike yet without training wheels, but I feel that coming this Spring or Summer. We are hopeful that she will learn and we can all get new bikes and bicycle on some of the many bike trails that Cape Cod has to offer.

There are lots of milestones in life and they seem to come rapidly when you are age 6. Of course they still come at older ages, but they aren't as frequent. There is the first boyfriend, the first job, there is graduating high school or college or getting married, or having a baby. There is moving to a new state, or moving to a new state again. There is buying a new house and all the work that goes along with that.

They are all milestones that we all look at differently. What is an important milestone for one, may not be so important for another. I am sure there are not many people who care that Shyanne got a new basketball hoop this weekend, but she sure does.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is my daughter Amy. She never had a basketball hoop, but she did have a bicycle and other all of those other things. She had her first date (I wasn't crazy about that). The graduated high school. A wonderful day. She graduated College. Another wonderful day. She came to her first job out of college and moved back in with us.....mixed reaction there.

She found the man she loved and they recently bought a home together. They have worked hard on it and it really looks beautiful. I am looking forward to staying in it again this weekend. It is certainly a wonderful place to be. While it is on a main road, it is surrounded by conservation land and is quite peaceful there. More important is the reason we are going up there. Another milestone.

Amy will be getting her MBA this weekend. We are all so proud of her. She has worked hard both working and going to school over the last few years to achieve this degree and she has really earned it.

So what does that have to do with adoption or foster care......nothing, but I can't always write just about Shyanne. Especially when one of my children has an achievement like Amy has this weekend. I can't wait to see her get her Masters Degree.


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